The policy in the Los Angeles Unified School District of not charging teachers, but simply informing them that they are under investigation, has created a climate of fear that totally destroys morale.
Can a real education be provided to students when teachers are contractually forbidden from addressing certain real-life issues?
There is room for both democratization and differentiation in our schools, but so far most resources are earmarked for the former.
The challenge is to identify who the best teachers are in a fair and transparent manner and pay them more.
A more accurate picture would require districts to report both the current high school graduation rate and the college-ready rate.
The value-added model is so complex even psychometricians don't fully understand it.
At no time in American history have classroom teachers been subjected to as much pressure from outsiders about what and how they teach.
So much of the success of teachers depends on the students they happen to inherit, rather than on the quality of the education schools they attended.
Teach for America's noblesse oblige has irresistible appeal for the media.
Without innate ability, all the instruction and practice in the world cannot develop the talent seen in the performing arts.